Blackboard Collaborate

What is Blackboard Collaborate?

Blackboard Collaborate is an interactive online environment that can be used for online and distance learning, meetings, and events. It includes audio, video, text chat, an interactive whiteboard, PowerPoint display, application sharing, breakout rooms, polling, and session recording.

Collaborate is available via modules and organisations in the VLE and as a stand-alone web service for staff. Help and guidance for Collaborate in the VLE can be found at the VLE Support Pages.

Before requesting access to Collaborate, please read the following FAQs.

Training and using Blackboard Collaborate

The following training is available on use of Collaborate from OD&PL (Organisational Development and Professional Learning).

First Steps with Blackboard Collaborate (online)

A 30-minute session to introduce University staff to the Blackboard Collaborate Online Learning Environment and explore the various interactive tools which can support and engage online participants. This session will be delivered online and participants will be sent joining instructions prior to the course.

Breaking out with Blackboard Collaborate

The aim of this online discussion is to build on the First Steps with Blackboard Collaborate introductory event by exploring other functional tools within the online environment. Participants will experience the use of "Breakout Rooms" and discuss how these can be best used to support collaboration amongst online attendees. There will be an opportunity for a Q&A session at the end of the event.

Plan and Moderate Online Events with Blackboard Collaborate

The aim of this two-hour session is to provide a general overview of how University staff can effectively plan and deliver online events with Blackboard Collaborate. The focus will be on setting up and moderating an online event and exploring the various interactive tools that educators can potentially use to enhance student engagement and learning. Best practice and uses of Collaborate will be discussed during the session. Participants will put into practice their new technical skills to deliver and moderate a short online presentation.

To book on the courses, click here.

Requesting access to Blackboard Collaborate

After reading the FAQs, if you decide that you qualify and would like to apply for Collaborate, please use the following form.

Please note: Blackboard Collaborate does not currently work when accessed via Desktop Anywhere.